1917 Michigan State Normal Normalites football team

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1917 Michigan State Normal Normalites football
Conference Independent
1917 record 3–4
Head coach Elton Rynearson (1st season)
Captain Andrus P. Wilson
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The 1917 Michigan State Normal Normalites football team represented Michigan State Normal College (later renamed Eastern Michigan University) during the 1917 college football season. In their first season under head coach Elton Rynearson, the Normalites compiled a record of 3–4 and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 111 to 80. Andrus P. Wilson was the team captain.[1]

In the summer of 1917, previous head coach Elmer Mitchell resigned to accept a coaching position with the University of Michigan. Elton Rynearson was hired as his replacement in July 1917. Rynearson was 24 years old at the time and had been coaching previously at the Polish seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan.[2] Rynearson served 26 years as the school's head football coach, compiling a record of 114–58–15 (.648), and his teams outscored their opponents, 2,574 to 1,415.[3]


October 13at Michigan freshmenAnn Arbor, MIL 0–18
October 17at AssumptionWindsor, ONW 28–0
October 20Central Michigan (rivalry)Ypsilanti, MIW 63–0
October 27OlivetYpsilanti, MIL 0–19
November 3at AlmaAlma, MIL 0–27
November 10Michigan Agricultural freshmenYpsilanti, MIL 7–13
November 24at HillsdaleHillsdale, MIW 13–3


  1. ^ "2015 Eastern Michigan Football Digital Media Guide" (PDF). Eastern Michigan University Football. pp. 160, 170. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rynearson Is Chosen: Athletic Star to Succeed Mitchell at Ypsilanti". Detroit Free Press. July 25, 1917. p. 10. 
  3. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 171.